At least 12 people, including eight in the Czech Republic, have died and tens of thousands more have been evacuated during the historic floods that have hit central Europe since the beginning of June.

As the waters begin to subside in the Czech Republic and Austria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is campaigning ahead of general elections in September, travelled to the industrial city of Bitterfeld in Saxony-Anhalt on June 6, an area seriously affected by the deluge and one where there remain fears that levees may still give way.

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